Biometrics in Healthcare

Healthcare Biometrics

We hear all the time about the mistakes that are made within our healthcare system these days.  Records are mixed up, medical charts are confused, the wrong medication is given to the wrong patient.  Someone who shouldn’t get their hands on your medical information does.  There is a desperate race going on to find the best method of securing your data and preventing mistakes with consequences that range from embarrassing to deadly.

Finally, a solution has been found. Biometrics has revolutionized the healthcare security industry.  Biometrics is the study and analysis of biological data.  Devices can take unique information about you from your eye, or your hand print, or your thumb print and use it to identify you.  This information can be used to ensure that you are who you say you are, and you have permission to be working with the healthcare information you are trying to access.

Privacy in healthcare is a huge issue in these days, especially given the fact that most computer networks are vulnerable to attack or intrusion.  The HIPAA act in the United States [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act], and many such laws worldwide, guarantee a patient‘s privacy.  Biometrics is making it possible for patients and healthcare professionals both to feel secure that their information is being kept confidential and only being released to those who have the right to see it.

As of April 2009, it is now required in the United States that physicians and healthcare professionals who use electronic records track every time a patient’s record is accessed.  Biometrics allows the physician to do this easily.  By making the records only accessible to someone who is identified via hand/thumb/iris print, a record can be kept of who accessed the files and when, and it can be ensured that the person who accessed the file is definitely who they say they are and has the right to see a patient‘s records.  If they do not, the appropriate authorities can be notified that someone without authorization is trying to access secure data.

In this day and age of the almost instant exchange of electronic information, it would be nice to be able to send a patient‘s record from their doctor on one side of the country to the other, where they’ve just moved, and feel that the data was securely sent without chance of interception.  Again, biometrics can be used at both sides of such a transfer to make sure that the only people who see it are the healthcare professionals to whom authorization has been given.

Aside from the problem of the privacy of your electronic healthcare records, there is the separate, yet equally important issue of making sure of the identity of a patient.  Getting a patient’s chart confused with another’s can be deadly if the wrong medication is given, or if a diagnosis is mixed up because the physician is looking at the wrong information.  Biometrics gives a way to match a patient with the medical chart with no possibility of error.  It can be ensured that you do not get to medication meant for the patient in the next bed, to which you have a severe allergy.  Even the persistent problem of sending a baby home with the wrong mother can be eliminated if the baby’s and mother’s physical characteristics can be matched with certainty.

In this struggling economy, those in the healthcare industry have realized that the money needed to invest in biometric technology is outweighed by the money they will lose to fraud, fraud prevention and the consequences of mistakes that could have been prevented if they were using the technology.  They are jumping on the biometric bandwagon in droves.  This is a fast growing industry, and it’s changing the look of healthcare security rapidly.

Daily, our sensitive biometrics healthcare data grows more secure, and we have provided you (below) with the world-leading technology providers in this field to ensure that fewer and fewer tragic and preventable accidents happen in your hospital:



EyeVerify is the exclusive provider of EyePrint Verification, a highly accurate biometric for mobile devices. Eyeprint Verification delivers a password-free mobile experience and secure authentication at a glance. This patented solution uses existing cameras on smartphones to image and pattern match the blood vessels in the whites of the eye. Products & Services: Financial and Transactional, HealthCare Biometrics, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics


Crossmatch Technologies is a leading global provider of biometric identity management systems, applications and enabling technologies to governments, law enforcement agencies and businesses around the world. Offerings include biometric technologies capable of wireless, mobile or stationary use that encompass fingerprint, palm and full-hand scanners, facial recognition systems, iris scanning technology, document readers, biometric software, and related services. Products & Services: Border Control, Facial Recognition, Financial/Transactional, Fingerprint Readers, Hand Readers, Healthcare, Iris Scanners, Justice/Law Enforcement, Middleware Software, Mobile Biometrics, Other.


Diamond Fortress Technologies is the first known company to successfully develop a mobile touchless fingerprint biometrics software solution. Our patent pending technology, ONYX, utilizes the rear-facing camera found on mobiles devices such as smart phones and tablets as the fingerprint collection sensor. ONYX eliminates the need for hardware peripherals or device form-factor redesign for scanner integration. It brings the high security and authentication of biometrics to everyone in a cost-effective and easily adoptable way.


Founded in 2009, Zwipe is committed to providing a biometric solution that is both highly secure and elegantly simple to use. Zwipe’s flagship product, Zwipe Access, is the first access control card on the market with full a full on-card fingerprint system, changing authentication from something you know to something you are. Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Smart Cards, Border Control/Airports, HealthCare Biometrics, Physical Access Control

Leicestershire Police Try Biometric Face Recognition For Catching Crooks  

NEC has been at the forefront of defining leading-edge biometric identification solutions for over 40 years. NEC’s identification technologies include finger/palm print, DNA and face recognition solutions. NEC has developed some of the world’s largest and most complex identification infrastructure projects for government and law enforcement. Our mission is to help government and businesses use technology to build a safer environment for life and work. Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Mobile Biometrics, Facial Recognition, Justice/Law Enforcement, Financial and Transactional, Border Control/Airports, Healthcare Biometrics, Multi-modal Biometrics, Logical Access Control, Physical Access Control


Morpho (Safran group) is the world leader in multi-biometric technologies – fingerprint, iris and face -, a global leader in the fields of smart cards and identification systems. Our solutions meet a wide range of security needs for individuals, businesses and governments worldwide, including identity management, physical and logical access control. Product and Services: Fingerprint, Airports/Border Control, Financial/Transactional and HealthCare/HIPAA.


Iris ID has been the key developer and driver of the commercialization of iris recognition technology since 1997. IrisAccess, now in a 4th generation, is the world’s leading deployed iris recognition platform. Found on 6 continents, in thousands of locations, authenticating the identities of millions and millions of persons, more people in more places authenticate with IrisAccess than with all other iris recognition products combined. Products & Services: Iris Scanners & Recognition, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Border Control/Airports, Financial and Transactional

3M Cogent Demonstrates MiY Biometric Access Readers  

3M Cogent is a leading provider of Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems, or AFIS, and other fingerprint biometric solutions to governments, corporations, law enforcement agencies and other organizations worldwide. Our solutions enable customers to capture fingerprint images electronically, encode fingerprints into searchable files and accurately compare a set of fingerprints to a database containing potentially millions of fingerprints in seconds. Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Hand Readers & Finger Scanners, Smart Cards, Physical Access Control, Justice / Law Enforcement, Time and Attendance, HealthCare Biometrics, Border Control / Airports, Financial and Transactional, Mobile Biometrics, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics.


ENTERTECH SYSTEMS, the exclusive Suprema Agent for USA, Canada and Puerto Rico, is the distribution, operating and support center you can rely on. We are purpose-built to make biometric technologies available for mainstream adoption. Our systems approach to Access Control and Time & Attendance removes three main obstacles to mass market adoption of biometric systems: Cost, Complexity, and On Boarding Users. We have a wide range of products, coupled with one central software platform, the deepest commercial biometric access control expertise and ‘template in the cloud’ capability. This provides integrators with the tools they need to overcome the three main obstacles and compete successfully on projects where ‘true identity traceability’ really matters for customers.

Products & Services: HealthCare Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Fingerprint Readers


BIO-key (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI), provides biometric identification solutions that scale to any size application. Our superior matching technology is compatible with EVERY major fingerprint reader manufacturer. BIO-key application engineers are available to assist in identifying the most appropriate fingerprint reader(s) to meet you application needs. Partnering with vertical solution providers, OEMs, and integrators, BIO-key delivers convenient, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy solutions to identify and authenticate individuals. BIO-key’s strong authentication is the ideal choice to satisfy industry regulations including HIPAA and FSTC, or to establish user identities as part of an audit trail. NIST ranks BIO-key in the top tier of MINEX and SDK performers. Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Logical Access Control, HealthCare Biometrics, Border Control / Airports, Financial and Transactional, Mobile Biometrics.


manageID powers person-centric identity, credentialing and access management (ICAM) solutions worldwide. manageID Framework, a single open ecosystem, and add-on application modules are delivering significant discriminators and benefits to border management, law enforcement, military, intelligence, elections, and other customers. manageID is certified for classified networks and also operational in the cloud.


Aware provides COTS, standards-based biometrics software for law enforcement, border management, defense, credentialing, and access control. Each product provides granular functionality and is available a la carte:

  • SDKs for fingerprint, face, and iris
    • Enrollment
    • Capture device hardware abstraction
    • Image quality assurance
    • Standard-compliant data formatting and validation
  • BioComponents™ enrollment applets and controls
  • URC™ .NET biometric enrollment application
  • WebEnroll™ browser-based biometric enrollment
  • Biometric Services Platform (BioSP™)
  • Nexa™ fingerprint, face, and iris search and match SDKs
  • INQUIRE™ identity data analytics SDK

Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Middleware / Software, Justice / Law Enforcement, Facial Recognition


MorphoTrak provides the technology and performance trusted by FBI NGI for 10-print, latent, and RISC fast-ID matching and 50% of U.S. State Law Enforcement. Reporting to Morpho, MorphoTrak is part of the world’s largest biometric company. Morpho is a leading innovator of interoperable biometric identification systems as well as finger/palm/vein, facial and iris recognition. With 40 years’ experience, Morpho technology serves more than 450 government agencies in over 100 countries and is consistently ranked #1 by NIST for enrollment and matching accuracy. For more information, visit

Products & services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Facial Recognition, Fingerprint Readers, Iris Scanners & Recognition, Smart Cards, Border Control / Airports, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Justice / Law Enforcement, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Hand Readers & Finger Scanners, Middleware/Software, Vein Recognition.


Smart Sensors continues to innovate in technology for iris biometrics feature extraction, key creation and matching. We work closely with our customers to build iris recognition engines, both through collaborative development and by supplying development tools for various product, camera and processor platforms. Let us help you realise the benefits of highly competitive solutions.  Products & Services: Iris Scanners & Recognition, Financial and Transactional, HealthCare Biometrics, Mobile Biometrics


SRI Sarnoff is an industry-leader in indoor/outdoor iris enrollment and recognition at a distance and on the move since 1995. SRI’s Iris on the Move® family of products perform fast, accurate identity authentication in all lighting conditions. These systems deliver unprecedented security without compromising throughput or ease of use. Products & Services: Iris Scanners & Recognition, Biometrics Security, Border Control/Airports, Healthcare, Mobile Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance


Lumidigm has developed and deployed a fingerprint sensor that uses multispectral imaging to capture superior images quickly, on all people, in all environmental conditions. The Lumidigm platform also provides award-winning “liveness” protection. With commercial partners, venture funding, and government sponsors, Lumidigm provides identity management for civil identification, point-of-sale, physical and logical access, and portable electronic device applications. Products & services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Fingerprint Readers, Border Control / Airports, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Fingerprint and Biometric Locks, Justice / Law Enforcement, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance.

EyeVerify is the exclusive provider of EyePrint Verification, a highly accurate biometric for mobile devices. Eyeprint Verification delivers a password-free mobile experience and secure authentication at a glance. This patented solution uses existing cameras on smartphones to image and pattern match the blood vessels in the whites of the eye. Products & Services: Financial and Transactional, HealthCare Biometrics, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics

Other Vendors

  • HealthServ Los Baños Medical Center
  • AFIS and Biometrics Consulting Inc.
  • Kairos
  • Biometric Signature ID
  • CardLogix
  • IDair
  • VoiceVault
  • ADC Systems
  • Chengdu Finchos Electronics Co.,Ltd
  • Cherry
  • Data Systems Analysts, Inc. (DSA)
  • Eye Controls, LLC
  • Fujitsu Frontech North America, Inc.
  • Fulcrum Biometrics
  • Human Recognition Systems
  • Integrated Biometrics
  • MaxVision, LLC
  • Medibase
  • Merkatum
  • Neokoros Brasil Ltda
  • TradeHarbor, Inc.